1 Peter 1:6, 7 - Joy in Trials.

1 Peter 1:6, 7 - Joy in Trials.

1 Peter 1:6-7 (NLT) So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy 
ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested 
as fire tests and purifies gold--though your faith is far more 
precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many 
trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day 
when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.  


   Thank Me in the midst of the crucible. When things seem all 
wrong, look for growth opportunities. Especially, look for areas where 
you need to let go, leaving your cares in My able hands. Do you 
trust Me to orchestrate your life events as I choose, or are you still 
trying to make things go according to your will? If you keep trying to 
carry out your intentions while I am leading you in another direction, 
you deify your desires.  
   Be on the lookout for what I am doing in your life. Worship 
Me by living close to Me, thanking Me in all circumstances. (1 Pet. 
5:6, 7; 1 Th. 5:18) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


As gold is heated, impurities float to the top and can be 
skimmed off. Steel is tempered or strengthened by heating it in fire. 
Likewise, our trials, struggles, and persecutions refine and strengthen 
our faith, making us useful to God. [Life Application SB] 

Peter views trials of faith as essentially productive. To 
illustrate the point, the author refers to the common practice of 
subjecting gold to such intense heat that the initial form of it is 
destroyed. When the gold is ready to be remolded, however, the impurities 
have also perished in the flame. Trials and difficulties may assail 
the life of a believer, but they also have the ability to identify 
and banish those impurities which might impair growth and service. 
This is the first of several passages in the epistle which view 
suffering as essentially fruitful and necessary. [Believer's SB] 

   The fact that we are called upon to endure trial shows that 
the Lord Jesus sees in us something precious which He desires to 
develop. If He saw in us nothing whereby He might glorify His name, He 
would not spend time in refining us. He does not cast worthless stones 
into His furnace. It is valuable ore that He refines. The blacksmith 
puts the iron and steel into the fire that he may know what manner of 
metal they are. The Lord allows His chosen ones to be placed in the 
furnace of affliction to prove what temper they are of and whether they 
can be fashioned for His work.  
   The potter takes the clay and molds it according to his will. 
He kneads it and works it. He tears it apart and presses it 
together. He wets it and then dries it. He lets it lie for a while without 
touching it. When it is perfectly pliable, he continues the work of 
making of it a vessel. He forms it into shape and on the wheel trims 
and polishes it. He dries it in the sun and bakes it in the oven. 
Thus it becomes a vessel fit for use. So the great Master Worker 
desires to mold and fashion us. And as the clay is in the hands of the 
potter, so are we to be in His hands. We are not to try to do the work 
of the potter. Our part is to yield ourselves to be molded by the 
Master Worker.  MH471-472 

   Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little 
faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without 
trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: 
tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators. When a 
calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves 
not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. 
Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up 
themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed 
with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and 
swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired 
haven. No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot 
of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which 
glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs 
amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives 
and triumphs in adversity. Tried faith brings experience. You could 
not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to 
pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God's 
strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods. Faith 
increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised 
with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too.  
   Let not this, however, discourage those who are young in 
faith. You will have trials enough without seeking them: the full 
portion will be measured out to you in due season. Meanwhile, if you 
cannot yet claim the result of long experience, thank God for what 
grace you have; praise him for that degree of holy confidence 
whereunto you have attained: walk according to that rule, and you shall 
yet have more and more of the blessing of God, till your faith shall 
remove mountains and conquer impossibilities. [Morning and Evening by 
Charles H. Spurgeon] 

   God knows when we face horrendous situations. He hears our 
cries. Even those who maintain the closest fellowship with Him are not 
immune to feelings of hopelessness. 
   Many times God allows us to face hopeless circumstances in 
order to test and try our faith; it is the hopelessness that forces us 
to seek God, and it is there that we find strength and 
   Does God care that your trials make you weary? Yes, and He 
knows every emotion, need, and desire you have. He also knows exactly 
what it will take to bring you into a more intimate relationship with 
   The apostle Peter addressed his two letters to "those who 
reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, 
Asia, and Bithynia" (1 Pet. 1:1; 2 Pet. 3:1). If he were choosing a 
modern title for his letters, he might consider "Encouragement For 
Times of Hopelessness," or "Hope For The Hurting," because 
encouragement and hope is exactly what Peter conveyed to these hurting 
   These believers faced all kinds of persecution. They were 
beaten, slandered, assaulted, and in some cases would lose their lives 
for their faith in Jesus Christ. Peter called them "aliens" because 
they held a citizenship not of this world but of the kingdom of God. 
Still, they faced times of discouragement and needed hope. Peter 
explained that they could rejoice even in times of trial because of Jesus 
Christ, the living hope within them - their risen Savior and Lord (1 
Pet. 1:3). Jesus protected them by the power of God (v. 5). 
   So long as we have Jesus, no situation is hopeless.
   Would you like to enjoy an eternal hope? Then focus your 
heart on Jesus (1 Tim. 4:6). Remember, He is working to bring His will 
and good pleasure to the forefront of your life. 
   Even if you find yourself in a seemingly hopeless situation, 
know that God has an entirely different view of the details. If you 
will let Him, He will take your life, no matter how bruised and 
broken, and make something beautiful out of it. 
   Isn't this what hope is all about - beauty for ashes, 
gladness instead of sorrow, and a coat of praise instead of fainting (Is. 
61:1-3)? This is the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ in your life. 
Therefore bring to Him your afflictions and disappointments. Tell Him your 
sorrows, and He will restore your hope. [Life Principles SB By Charles 
Stanley re 1Pe. 1:6, 7] 

   Crushed, devastated, demoralized, beaten down--these and other 
feelings of despondency wash over all who suffer, threatening to drown 
all feelings of hope. Suffering has many sources: social, physical, 
economic, even persecution for your spiritual beliefs. Sometimes the 
suffering becomes so great that you are tempted to give in and give up 
   Peter had been threatened, beaten, jailed, had seen fellow 
Christians killed for their faith, and eventually he would become a martyr 
for Christ. But he knew Jesus Christ, and nothing would shake his 
faith in the risen Lord.  
   Do you need courage? As a believer, you have the living hope 
of eternal life. God has provided an everlasting inheritance for 
you that will never change nor decay. Although trials are not 
pleasant, they teach patience, strengthen your faith, and allow you to 
grow to be the kind of person God wants. But no matter what pain or 
suffering you face in this life, you know that this is not your final 
experience. God will help you remain true to him, and you will live an 
everlasting life free from trials. This is your promise for a living hope as 
a child of God. [The One Year Bible for New Believers re 1Pe. 

   Some years ago a sociologist accompanied a group of mountain 
climbers on an expedition. Among other things, he observed a distinct 
correlation between cloud cover and contentment. When there was no cloud 
cover and the peak was in view, the climbers were energetic and 
cooperative. When the gray clouds eclipsed the view of the mountaintop, 
though, the climbers were sullen and selfish. 
   The same thing happens to us. As long as our eyes are on 
God's majesty there is a bounce in our step. But let our eyes focus on 
the dirt beneath us and we will grumble about every rock and crevice 
we have to cross. For this reason Paul urged, "Since you were 
raised from the dead with Christ, aim at what is in heaven, where 
Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about the things 
in heaven, not the things on earth." (Colossians 3:1-2). [Grace For 
The Moment SB By Max Lucado re 1Pe. 1:8] 

A Christian life devoid of joy is not only unbiblical, it's not 
much worth having. How could we not have joy in our hearts when we 
know that God loves us, is with us, promises to help us, and wants to 
bless us forever. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley 1Pe. 1:8] 

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